Donor Stories

Oct, 2022

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Student members of Cal Poly Humboldt's Youth Educational Services (Y.E.S.)

‘Boldly Rising,’ an Ambitious new Fundraising Campaign

Cal Poly Humboldt has publicly launched the most significant fundraising effort in its history, aiming to raise at least $50 million in support of students and campus programs. It’s called Boldly Rising: the Campaign for Cal Poly Humboldt.

Sep, 2022

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Jacob Furgatch

Giving and Going Back to Humboldt

To Jacob Furgatch (‘82, Nursing), graduating from the Nursing program at Humboldt was about more than getting a bachelor’s degree. His Humboldt experience became the foundation for everything that came after – his wife, family, and a successful career.

Aug, 2022

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Dave Shaffer (right) and Robin Smith (left)

First Endowed Professorship at Cal Poly Humboldt

Inspired by the Cal Poly Humboldt professors who played pivotal roles in his life, Dave Shaffer (‘67, Psychology, ‘68 M.A., Psychology) has made a generous gift that will support a Psychology faculty member. 

Jul, 2022

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Basketball Coach Tom Wood

Lumberjack Arena Court Renaming Effort Underway

Coach Tom Wood built men’s basketball program into what it is today. To honor him and to support student-athletes, the Cal Poly Humboldt Foundation and a group of community volunteers are working to raise at least $350,000 to rename the court inside Lumberjack Arena ”Tom Wood Court.”

Jun, 2022

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Joan (left) and Joel (center) Woodhull at Singing Frogs Farm, an organic farm they established in Sebastopol.

Scholarship Honors Couple Who Lived Their Values

To honor her parents’ commitment to environmental responsibility and to continue their tradition of giving to environmental causes, ” Sara Woodhull and her husband Craig Fuget have given $31,000 to establish the Joan G. and Joel Woodhull Memorial Scholarship fund. 

Apr, 2022

The Gift of Practical Plant Experience

Cal Poly Humboldt’s Dennis K. Walker Greenhouse boasts one of the largest teaching collections of living plants in California. Now, thanks to a generous gift from the facility’s namesake, Professor Emeritus Dennis K. Walker (‘60, Botany), the iconic campus facility will get an injection of TLC this semester with funding to hire a permanent assistant manager.  

Mar, 2022

Documenting the Past and Preserving the Future

Inspired by their passion for Humboldt, history, and lifelong learning, Jerry and Gisela Rohde have made a transformational gift to the Cal Poly Humboldt Library and its Osher Lifelong Learning

Jan, 2022

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Jul, 2021

Being a Student and an Agent of Change

She saw friends and family who were changed by the criminal justice system. They entered juvenile detention and left an angrier person.  Inspired by restorative juvenile justice, Destiny Turner

Jun, 2021

May, 2021

For the Love of the Land and Humboldt

As a kid, Aidan Mullin was never into super heroes. His interests lay in the outdoors. He went camping, hiking, and fishing. He also gravitated to science -- dirt and plants in particular.“He was

Mar, 2021

Nov, 2020

To Students, the Gift of Knowledge

Mike Anderson believes strongly in the concept of Uomo Universale, Italian for “Universal Man,” more commonly known as the “Renaissance man,” a well-rounded individual with broad skills and knowledge